The Graduate School of Design that Christopher Tunnard joined in 1939 was undergoing a radical conversion to Bauhaus thinking at the time. The two leading figures in this were Joseph Hudnut and Walter Gropius.1 The former had been dean of the architectural school at Columbia University, and in 1936 he succeeded George Harold Edgell, the Dean of the School of Architecture at Harvard University. Whilst Edgell had been thoroughly supportive of the historically based tradition of Beaux-Arts design, Hudnut had showed himself to be a vigorous proponent of what in America was dubbed The International Style.